Re: Defining Martyrdom Down
|by Roberto Rivera|
I'm not sure I'd use the term "wuss" but there are some very low expectations at work here.
It reminds of something our greatest living moralist -- I refer of course to Chris Rock -- once said: he hated the way that some men "always want credit for [things] they're supposed to do." They'll say things like "I take care of my kids," to which Rock replied, "You're supposed to, you dumb [lumpenprole]. What are you talkin' about? What are you braggin' about? What kind of ignorant [nonsense] is that?"
Likewise, they'll say, "I ain't never been to jail." Rock's reply? "What do you want, a cookie?"
Unfortunately, just as in some social settings taking care of your kids and staying out of jail is cookie-worthy, in others putting your kids' well-being and need ahead of your own desires can seem like martyrdom. Like I said: low expectations.